Gluten-Free Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni

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I used to absolutely love chicken Rice-A-Roni. I would make it as a meal in and of itself and it was worth it every time. When I had to go gluten-free a few years back I said goodbye to this favorite and recently, after many tested recipes, I got it back! Cue the choir of angels and praise all that is the foodie network for helping me create a Gluten-Free Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni that actually harkens back to the real deal.

I used a variation of this Gluten Free On A Shoestring recipe. The nutritional yeast is really the clincher. I’ve tried a few other recipes and that particular item seemed to be what brought everything together. So thanks for the tip GFAOS!

TIP: buy the nutritional yeast in the bulk section at your local co-op or WholeFoods store to get a small amount for the best price. I got about a fourth of a cup for under a dollar or so.

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Next to the nutritional yeast, garlic is the key ingredient here. I’m a little bias in that I love garlic and think there is no such thing as too much. In my first attempt at homemade chicken Rice-A-Roni, I didn’t include enough and it was bleh.  So … garlic it up! Vampires beware.

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Gluten-Free Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni

Gluten-Free Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Break spaghetti into pieces and mix with rice. Rinse rice in preparation and set aside.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add butter to a large skillet and melt. Once butter is melted, add rice and spaghetti a stir continuously letting it heat up. It should start to smell a little like roasting nuts.
  4. Add broth, water and dry ingredients to pan and stir.
  5. Bring pan to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover.
  6. Let cook for approximately 15 minutes or until water is mostly absorbed. Remove from heat.
  7. Stir and cover, letting the rest of the water absorb once it's removed from the heat.
  8. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

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What old favorite do you wish you could have gluten-free? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Blackberry Vodka Smash Cocktail Recipe

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Colorful and delicious, this blackberry vodka smash cocktail recipe will have you saying cheers in no time.

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When I first met my friend AJ, we were at the same tailgate in college and she was being accused of drinking exclusively for color. Our school colors were purple and gold and so she was drinking an admittedly disgusting mix of energy drink and alcohol creating an artificially purple concoction. And I supported her decision.

Purple is, by far, the best color and to drink something purple is just fun. End of story.

But even then my stomach wasn’t fond of sugary drinks with questionable ingredients. So when I wanted to create a purple cocktail for my birthday this February, I knew that there would be no energy drinks involved. Instead, I embraced two natural beauties:

Blackberries and 100% pure pomegranate juice.

These two ingredients come together in this vodka smash cocktail recipe to create a beautiful purple drink that tastes as great as it looks.

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The second best news when it comes to making this drink? You get to use that token phrase when serving:

Shaken, not stirred.

I know, you’ve been waiting just as long as I have for an excuse to use it! The trick to this is remembering that you are including a carbonated beverage in the ingredients, so hold on tight to that shaker and be gentle, otherwise you may be facing a bit a of a mess.

Here are a couple of additional tips to keep in mind while mixing up this drink:

  • Try using the handle of a wooden spoon to muddle the berries, this will make it easier — remember the “Vodka Smash” requires smashing so please don’t try to skip this step or it may affect the taste
  • Use mid to high quality vodka for best results — I chose Pearl Vodka
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of vodka or leave it out completely — you’ll still get a beautiful color and a great taste
  • Serve with a few fresh or frozen blackberries in the bottom of the glass for an ombre effect

That’s all! Now grab a handful of ingredients and mix up this blackberry vodka smash cocktail recipe in no time.

Blackberry Vodka Smash Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 Drinks

Blackberry Vodka Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Muddle the blackberries in the base of a cocktail shaker
  2. Add rest of ingredients to the shaker
  3. Secure the lid and shake gently until the pressure make the lid pop slightly
  4. Serve and garnish with additional berries or pomegranate seeds

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What color do you want to see a cocktail recipe in? Share in the comments below!